Monthly Archives: June 2014

PennCoat Industrial Safety Protocols – Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers – Basics You should Know

When considering industrial safety, fire is one of the largest threats that any plant or facility can encounter. Most occurrences of fire and fire-related damages are preventable if proper measures are taken. Every employer must follow regulations related to fire safety and ensure all employees have knowledge about fire prevention and emergency response actions in case of fire.

Industrial premises are vulnerable fire threats due to its nature.  Because of this, there are several elements that can influence and cause fire, including oxygen, fuel, and chemicals. Hence, industrial safety regulations have made it obligatory for industrial premises to install fire extinguishers and other fire safety related equipment.

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Preventing Mildew with Industrial Paints

Mildew – Problem with Industrial Paints

While selecting paint for any industrial surface, there are a few factors that one needs to consider.  Your choice of paint should not depend only on colors or budget, but also the paint’s performance. From anti-corrosive paint to mildew-resistant coating, there are a variety of commercial painting products available in the market. Mildew-resistant paints are, usually, used for equipments and surfaces in areas where the environment is damp.

In industrial painting, mildew is defined as a slight discoloration in the surface of the paint that is caused by a growth of fungus. From wooden to aluminum, mildew can grow on a variety of organic and inorganic surfaces. They are visible as green, gray, brown or black spots on the surface. But, mildew is not caused by paint; it is caused by presence of moisture in the environment. Thus, most painted surfaces are vulnerable to mildew, especially, ones that receive very less or no sunlight. Mildew can also grow if paint is applied on a contaminated surface or substrate consisting of mold. Presence of mildew also interferes with adhesion, and can lead to other paint failures too.

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The Advent of Waterborne Paints

Waterborne Finishes – How to Use them

Oil-based paints have been the primary paint selection for decades.  But with new chemistry and technology, waterborne paints and coats are gaining popularity over them. As the name suggests, waterborne coatings contain almost 80% water, making water the dominant solvent.  A few decades ago, only a handful of companies manufactured waterborne paint, keeping the options and availability limited.  But with their growing popularity, there has been a significant rise in options of water borne coatings available in the market.

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PennCoat Inc Solutions – Outgassing Bubbles in Epoxy

Outgassing bubbles are caused by gasses exhausting through a concrete slab, and getting trapped in an epoxy coating as it cures.
Outgassing bubbles are caused by gasses exhausting through a concrete slab, and getting trapped in an epoxy coating as it cures.

Problems with Epoxy Coatings – Outgassing on Concrete Slabs

Epoxy coating is one of the most preferred coatings for industrial surfaces. Industrial surfaces are exposed to different temperatures, chemicals and other factors that hamper life of the paint. Epoxy coating forms a seamless and thick layer on industrial flooring, thus protecting it against wear and tear due to chemicals, moisture, dust, dirt, heavy traffic and heat. Another reason for popularity of epoxy coating is its versatility as it can be applied to variety of surfaces like metals, concrete, coated floors and others. Hard and resistant to UV light, it is also resistant to abrasion and corrosion. But even epoxy flooring faces certain problems and paint failures, and the most common problems is outgassing from concrete slabs.

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PennCoat, Inc : Good Painting Practice : Scissor Lift Inspection

Scissor Lifts improve accessability throughout a painting job site. But before using one, there are specific safety checks that each operator should consider before using the scissor lift.
Scissor Lifts improve accessability throughout a painting job site. But before using one, there are specific safety checks that each operator should consider before using the scissor lift.

Scissor Lift – Checklist for Inspection

With a lot of painting jobs, a scissors lift will be just as vital as the paint and its accessories.  A scissors lift is a motorized vehicle with a platform that can be raised or lowered vertically. There is a control box on the lift’s platform, that allows the operator to control the scissors lift while on the platform.  From the platform, the operator can drive the scissors lift while erected in the air, and also control how high the scissor lift is erected.  The lift derives its name due to the criss-cross pattern formed by its folding supports when the lift is raised. There are several types of scissor lifts used in industries, classified on basis of their movement as – pneumatic, hydraulic and mechanical. Also, scissor lifts are available in different sizes, capacities and platform sizes. Each type of scissor lift has suited applications in various industries.

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